Alumni and Friends Virtual 5K

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Let's have some fun!

Regardless of where you live, your activity level or schedule, everyone can participate in the Harper College Alumni and Friends Virtual 5K. #harperalumni

Race Dates

October 1–November 1, 2018

That’s right— you have an entire month to complete your customized 5K (3.1 miles).

How it Works

First: Register Online: The $25 registration fee proceeds will support the Promise Program. Harper College will match every dollar donated to the Promise Scholarship until June 30, 2019 up to $1 million.


Once you register online you’ll receive a race bib number you can download and print. Registered participants will also receive a Virtual 5K commemorative T-shirt.

Next, decide what your 5K looks like and get moving! Some ideas include:

  • Incorporate this virtual race to a 5K you’re already running/walking.
  • Get a group of friends together and create your own route and race.
  • Extend your morning run/walk and knock it out on a Tuesday.
  • The options are endless!

Finish Line

Congratulations! You did it!

Once you’ve completed your Virtual 5K let us know. Use the link below to send a photo, the date you participated and your time. If your 5K was in a unique location share that too—Harper alumni and friends are global. Whether your 5k is in Palatine or Paris, we can’t wait to see pics and hear about your experience!

Race Stats


Get Social

Help build excitement and show off your accomplishment on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share a photo after your run/walk along with fun details like your results, location and class year on social media with the hashtag #harperalumni. We’ll be watching for your posts and will then share with our network.


To add to the excitement we’ll be awarding small prizes once the event is complete. Prize categories include:

  • Best time by decade (years attended Harper)
  • Most interesting photo submitted
  • Most unique race venue/location
  • Most Harper spirit

Prefer cycling to running? Sounds good to us!

If you’re a cyclist, or just prefer bike riding to walking/running, that works too. The only modification: this option is a 10K (6.2 miles)everything else is exactly the same.

How can I be sure I'm an alum?

Whether you have taken one class, earned a certification or degree or have committed to a full life of learning at Harper, you’re an alum! But don't forget, the Virtual 5K is for Alumni and Friends of Harper College. Everyone is welcome to participate!


This month only, 5K registrants can complete the race at the newly opened Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center (Building M). After you register, print and bring your Harper Alumni and Friends 5K bib along with photo ID to receive up to four complimentary passes to the Health and Recreation Center from October 1 to November 1. Enjoy Harper's new fitness facility and the opportunity to run, walk or bike your 5K indoors!

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